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Harris students garden with local athletes

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The eight Harris Middle School students that manage their school garden waited in anticipation for Tiago Splitter of the San Antonio Spurs and Zach Miskovic of the Rampage to arrive at the San Antonio Food Bank on October 28. As Team Up Challenge semifinalists, the students earned the opportunity to work on the Spurs Community Garden at the food bank alongside Splitter and Miskovic, learning the skills needed to maintain their own garden.

“We started this project last summer and now we are at full force,” said Loryn Windwehen, sponsor of the Harris garden and seventh-grade science teacher at the campus. “We are working to raise awareness in the community about the garden.”

Windwehen and her students are promoting their project as a community garden, where neighbors of Harris can plant vegetables and even take gardening classes. Fellow gardeners can already read up on tips posted on the Harris garden blog by Windwehen and Lacey Trevino, the grant writer for the garden project and art teacher at Harris.

Students learned about crop rotation and best gardening practices as they planted herbs, spinach and lemon basil. During a question and answer session with the San Antonio athletes, one student asked Splitter, “How tall are you?” Students were wowed and surprised that the Spurs center is nearly seven feet tall. Splitter amusingly responded, “That’s why I play basketball guys!”

The Team Up Challenge is a youth-led service-learning program that encourages students to apply what they are learning in the classroom to the real world, bringing education alive in powerful ways. Throughout the year, Team Up Challenge groups will work alongside Spurs and Rampage players to bring their projects to life in the community.

For more information or to get involved with the Harris Middle School Garden, visit harrisgarden.blogspot.com.

Harris garden students Spitter and Miskovic answer questions.
Splitter and the students Splitter and students
Harris students and Windwehen gardening students gardening
Windwehen and Splitter Students speak with Master Gardener.

TOP LEFT: The Harris garden students take a photo with sponsor, Loryn Windwehen (left) before they begin gardening.
TOP RIGHT: Splitter and Miskovic answer questions from the students.
UPPER MIDDLE LEFT: A San Antonio Food Bank gardener speaks to the students about planting spinach.
UPPER MIDDLE RIGHT: Students and Tiago Splitter get ready to start planting.
LOWER MIDDLE LEFT: Loryn Windwehen and her students start gardening.
LOWER MIDDLE RIGHT: The Harris students sharpen their gardening skills as they plant spinach.
BOTTOM LEFT: Windwehen and Splitter talk gardening at the event.
BOTTOM RIGHT: The San Antonio Food Bank Master Gardner speaks to students about gardening best practices.

Posted on October 29, 2013